Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature:Bizen Kuniju Osafune Kiyomitsu
Daiei 3 nen 2 Gatsu Hi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to regular ranking.
The blade was polished by high rank polisher.
Habaki : Silver single Habaki.
Blade length : 59.4 cm or 23.4 inches.
Sori : 1.36 cm or 0.54 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.92 cm or1.15 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.16 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : late Muromachi period Daiei era 1523.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with suitable sori and longer kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Koitame and Mokume hada mixed with Jinie atach and slightly Utsuri appear on the Ji.
Hamon : Niedeki Suguha with Nezumi Ashi. Boshi is round Hakikake style (brush up).
Special feature: Kiyomitsu and Sukesada both working late Muromachi period. Sukesada was making a lot of swords by mass productive items in order to demanding the Samurai’s request.
Kiyomitsu didin’t make like this way. So most of Kiyomitsu swords are rather much better than Sukesada. At that period, war was fight on the ground so the sword shape was changed to small size Uchigatana style about 60cm.
This sword is also small size Katana healthy blade without Kizu and flow.
Historical back ground: Early Sengoku period. Muromachi shogunate downfalled and the war between Sengoku-Daimyo has started. War has continued for 100 over years.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.